hotstuff (5258) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2015
Rated on 9-14-2013 at Fort Wayne, IN RateBeer gathering. This bottle beer forms a small tan head that is fully lasting, opaque dark brown body and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is dark malt, roasted and chocolate. The flavor mimics the aroma. The mouthfeel is light carbonation, water and thin. This beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, a quaffable straight-forward beer that is worth trying. JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2015
12oz from the current seasonal mixed 12-pack... Black brew with khaki head, no real lacing or retention.. All about the malts, a bit of sweetness with some light cocoa and dry toast to add complexity.. light spicy hoppiness.. a bit of fruitiness on the end that makes me think of Dr. Pepper. Okay... I’ve had this brew many times and doubt I would buy it again after giving it a proper go-around... Fizzy, with nothing interesting on the body. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - FEB 15, 2015
This was poured into a pilsener.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a closeness to black about it. A two and a half finger white foamy head dissipated within less than a minute. Clingy rings of white foaminess graces itself around the glass.
The smell started off with a slight roasty combined dark fruity (mainly raisins, sweet grapes).
The taste was mostly sweet and sticky adding a bit of roast (slightly chocolate and coffee). Lingering roasty to sweet fruity chocolatey aftertaste leading a to gentle semi-dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a semi-sessionable aspect about it. The carbonation was fairly mild but I considered that still to be okay.
Overall, in my opinion, this was a pretty good schwarzbier, though it started off fruity, the roast did eventually show its presence. p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Looks mostly black. Smells roasty dark sweet and like an ale. Not too thick on the palate like a stout might be but nice a lighter. joelwhite (31) - - JAN 28, 2015
At beer night all tasters were not impressed with this beer, especially for 10 barrel. Is it a heifer Busch. Taste was flat and not much going on with pallet.
luttonm (6759) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2015
From botttle at Uber, Seattle. Coffee and sweet chocolate aroma. Medium body, round and soft mouthfeel. Cola. Alright. CVBis007 (58) - Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015 A nice easy to drink black ale. Not near as sophisticated as some, which cost some points in a few categories. Very faint chocolate nose out of a black, red tinged pour. Mild chocolate flavor mixed with fruit undertones like cherry and raisin. There is a sweet note just before a very mild bitter finish. monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2014
A decent black ale, but hoped for more layers. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Smells of candied raisins and cinnamon. Taste is quite creamy, with espresso upfront, but unfortunately a bit of an empty finish. Had in the bottle. Ferris (16508) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottle - Toasted malts and light cocoa. Deep jet brown with a decent light brown head. Lots of toast, light bitterness and some chocolate. A bit too rich for the style. mdl (1) - Gig Harbor, USA - NOV 23, 2014 does not count
Very bland. Reasonably nice aroma, almost no head, very dark, too light. Not enough flavor for me.